Beshears Honored by Big 12, Paul Hornung Award

Sept. 12, 2011

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas junior wide receiver/kick returner D.J. Beshears earned weekly honors from both the Big 12 and the Paul Hornung Award Monday. Beshears was named the conference’s Special Teams Player of the Week and was one of six national honorees on the Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll.

Beshears, a 5-foot-9 junior wide receiver/kick returner from Denton, Texas, recorded 285 all-purpose yards and scored the game-winning touchdown in the final seconds as Kansas outlasted Northern Illinois, 45-42, on Saturday. Beshears set career highs in kick return yardage (197), receptions (seven), receiving yards (70) and touchdown receptions (two). His 51-yard kickoff return set up KU’s final scoring drive.

Beshears scored KU’s first touchdown of the game – a 15-yard pass from Jordan Webb in the first quarter – and also had an 18-yard run on KU’s decisive drive. The Kansas junior leads the Big 12 with 382 all-purpose yards, which includes a conference-best 283 yards in kick returns.

This marks the second time that Beshears has been named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week, also taking the honor on Sept. 27, 2010 after KU’s win over New Mexico State.

Beshears and the Jayhawks will meet Georgia Tech Saturday at 11:30 a.m., at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. The game can be seen on selected Fox Sports Net affiliates and can be heard on Jayhawk Radio Network affiliates as well as online on AT&T Jayhawk All-Access at kuathletics.com.